Past Events

Picturing Abortion: A Conversation with Carmen Winant at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and online via Zoom

Thursday 13 June

For The Last Safe Abortion, Carmen Winant assembled 2,500 photographic prints to form a collective portrait of the ordinary, daily tasks required to provide abortion health care. Drawn from the archives of university special collections and clinics (and supplemented by photographs made by the artist), these images depict staff, physicians, and volunteers taken over a fifty-year period before the overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022.  

In this event, Winant extends this project by bringing together a group of clinicians, patients, and activists from the MYAbortion Network to discuss how photography is central to understanding the medical, political, and social realities of abortion care. 

Petra Blaisse in conversation with Jana Crepon, Aura Luz Melis, and Wouter Vanstiphout at Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

Friday 14 June

Join us to celebrate the expansive work of Petra Blaisse and her renowned studio Inside Outside and mark the launch of  their new retrospective Art Applied, a kaleidoscopic view of their work across interior, exhibition, and landscape design over the course of more than three decades. Petra Blaisse and Inside Outside partners Jana Crepon and Aura Luz Melis will be in conversation with architectural historian Wouter Vanstiphout. This event is part of the Rotterdam Architecture Month programme.

Kim Beil in conversation with Susan Bright at Claire de Rouen, London

Friday 29 March

To celebrate the launch of Anonymous Objects: Inscrutable Photographs and the Unknown (SPBH Editions), Kim Beil will be talking to curator Susan Bright about the ways in which the unidentifiable things in photographs point towards larger questions about the limits of knowledge. Drinks will follow the conversation.

Justine Kurland ‘This Train, 2005–2011’ at Higher Pictures, New York

Wednesday 24 January – Friday 16 March

Justine Kurland’s This Train presents images from road trips taken with her young son across the United States between 2005 and 2011. Revisiting these images, Kurland upends the conventional family album to tell a story of queer motherhood and deconstructs the familiar mythology of the American railroad as a pioneering symbol of modernity. To coincide with the release of This Train in March, photographs from the book will be exhibited at Higher Pictures.

Material Cultures at the Barbican Centre, London

Thursday 8 February

Join Material Cultures founders Paloma Gormley, Summer Islam and George Massoud for a discussion about their recent work, including the creation of an arts centre in a disused office building in Lewes and the reinvention of the former council plant nurseries at Wolves Lane, Haringey.

Jim Goldberg in conversation with Lisa Sutcliffe at Rizzoli, New York

Tuesday 9 January

Jim Goldberg will be in conversation with curator Lisa Sutcliffe of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the publication of Coming and Going, a unique work of autobiography in which history, memory and imagination collide to reflect upon the bittersweet realities of individual life. The event will include a book signing.